5K FAQ

5K FAQ

General Information

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1. What do I get for my entry fee?

2. Are there participant limits?

3. How do I register for the races?

4. How much does the race cost?

5. How do I know for sure if I am registered?

6. Will I receive a confirmation email?

7. How close are the host hotels to the race activities?

8. How far are the Host Hotels from the Birmingham International Airport?

9. What is the Expo?

10. Where is the Expo and what are the hours? 

11. How do I get my race packet?

12. Can I pick my race packet up on race morning, Saturday the 12th?

13. Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

14. What is in my race packet?

15. What happens if I lose my Bib and timing device?

16. Where can we park for the races?

17. Where does the race start and finish? 

18. Can I register on race day?

19. What are the event start times?

20. What sports drinks will be available on the course?

21. How do I get a refund if I cannot attend? 

22. Can I push my child in a stroller on the course?

23. What is NOT allowed on the course?

24. Is there a "Bag Check" available?

25. What if I lose something at the race?

26. Why haven’t I received a confirmation email?

27. What does my registration fee go to?

28. What will the weather be like on race day? What if it is raining or snowing?

29. What time should I arrive on race morning?

30. Is there a time limit? Why?

31. Where will the water stations, medical aid stations and portalets be located on the course? 

32. Is chip time or gun time used to determine awards?

33. What are the overall and age groups awards?

34. Will there be an awards ceremony?

35. What are the best places to watch the race?

36. Can I use this event to raise money for my own charity?



1. What do I get for my entry fee?
You will receive a race bag with goodies and your official technical race shirt. When you finish the race you will get a Region’s Superhero 5K medal. We will also have a fluid station on the course with water and Body Armor and you'll get fruit at the finish line. We will only have shirts and race bags for the first 1500 participants.
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2. Are there participant limits?
Yes! We will only have shirts and race bags for the first 1500 participants. Register early!
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3. How do I register for the races?

Go to our home page on our website and click the "Register Here" link.  That will take you to our registration hosts website, runsignup.org.  We'll have registration at our Race Expo on Friday in Boutwell Auditorium on the stage. Race morning registration will be open from 6:30-7:30 AM in the lobby of Boutwell Auditorium.
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4. How much does the race cost?

Online registration March 1 - September 7, 2021...........................................$25

Online registration September 8 - January 3, 2022........................................$30

Online registration January 4 – February 10, 2022……....…................….…..$35

Race Weekend Expo and Online Registration February 10-11, 2022.............$40


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5. How do I know for sure if I am registered?
On website home page click on  Confirm Your Registration
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6. Will I receive a confirmation email?
Yes. Our online registration host, runsignup.com, will email you a confirmation after you register. If you don’t see it in your inbox, please check your spam or better yet add [email protected] to your email address book before you register. 
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7. How close are the host hotels to the race activities?
Our host hotels are the Birmingham Sheraton and Westin Birmingham.  They're within walking distance of all the race weekend activites including the Start/Finish lines and the Race Expo. 
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8. How far are the host hotels from the Birmingham International Airport?
The Birmingham Sheraton  and the Westin Birmingham are located within a 10 minute drive from the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
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9. What is the Expo?
The Race Expo and Packet Pickup is held on Friday and Saturday, February 11-12, 2022 in the Boutwell Auditorium  This is where you’ll come to pick up your race packet, visit the vendors, purchase Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend merchandise and in general have a good time while hanging out with other runners. Your race packet contains your race bib and timing device which you must have to run!!
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10. Where is the Expo and what are the hours?
The Expo will be held at Boutwell Auditorium  The hours are Friday, February 11 from 12:00 Noon - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 12 from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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11. How do I get my race packet?
Race packets will not be mailed. You must come to the Expo on Friday, February 11 in order to get your race packet and you will need to present your photo ID and race bib number. (A copy of your confirmation email is a good choice too in case a registration problem has occurred.) Our timer will begin assigning race numbers in January and at that time you can find your number by going to our website home page and click on Confirm Your Registration.  Also, during race week, you’ll receive an email from our timers with your bib number in it. The race packet will have your race number and timing device and you will not be allowed on the course Saturday morning without your race bib.

Packets will also be available for pick up race morning in the lobby of Boutwell Auditorium from 6:30 am - 7:30 am. If you choose to pick up race morning, please allow plenty of time to park and to pick up your race bag. We recommend a Friday pick up for your convenience. 
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12. Can I pick my race packet up on race morning, Saturday the 12th?
Yes. There will be RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP for our 5K RACE ONLY! Packet pick up will be in the lobby of Boutwell Auditorium from 6:30 am - 7:30 am. If you choose to pick up race morning, please allow plenty of time to park and pick up your race bag. We recommend a Friday pick up for your convenience.  You can also register for the Region’s Superhero 5K on race morning so bring a friend!
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13. Can someone else pick up my packet for me?
Yes, someone else can pick up your packet, but you're going to miss all the Race Expo fun. They must bring your race bib number, copy of photo ID and confirmation email in case a registration problem has occurred then we'll have proof of your registration. Before your person picks up your packet, they must fill out our mulitple packet pick up form. These forms will be available at Expo on the stage in the pickup area.  This form must be presented at the proper pickup window. 
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14. What is in my race packet?
Your race bib with timing device attached along with other goodies from vendors and businesses will be in your race bag. You MUST have your race bib in order to run the race.
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15. What happens if I lose my Bib and timing device?
If you lose your race bib, you will have to register for the race again.  Your timing device is securely located on the back of your race bib number. You must wear your race bib number to offcially be on the course. Do not remove your timing device or lose your bib. 
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16. Where can we park for the races?
Free street parking is always available, but you'll have to find your own spaces. So for your convenience we have partnered with the parking app, Clutch! to assist you with parking. You can reserve and pay for your space in advance. Super easy! For additional parking options, try this website - www.bhamparking.com - for a map of all parking decks available in downtown Birmingham. Again, there is some street parking around the facilities, but please make sure that you don’t park anywhere on the course on Saturday. 
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17. Where does the race start and finish?
The race starts and finishes at Linn Park directly across the street from Boutwell Auditorium. 
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18. Can I register on race day?
Yes! There is race morning registration in the lobby of Boutwell Auditorium from 6:30 - 7:30 a.m.  The race has grown so much that we encourage to register before race day. You are not guranteed a shirt or race packet if we hit our capacity for them. 
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19. What are the weekend event start times?

Saturday: Regions Superhero 5K - 8:00 a.m.
The Bell Center Children EIP Run - 10:00 a.m. (subject to change)
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Kids Mercedes -Benz Marathon - 11:00 a.m.
Fifth graders will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by each descending grade in 10 minute increments.
   
Sunday: Mercedes-Benz Marathon - 7:03 a.m.
Mercedes-Benz Half Marathon - 7:03 a.m.
Mercedes-Benz Marathon 5 Person Relay - 7:03 a.m.


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20. What sports drinks will be available on the course?
We will be serving Body Armor at our one fluid station located half way through the course and again at the finish line. 
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21. How do I get a refund if I cannot attend? Do you offer Event Insurance?
Due to the upfront nature of event costs, we have a uniform policy of no refunds, transfers or deferrals to a future year. We know that plans change and unexpected things come up, but we feel it is most fair to apply a uniform policy to all, instead of an arbitrary line of who merits a refund and who doesn't. During your registration you must agree to this policy in order to participate in our event.  You'll have the option to protect yourself by purchasing Event Insurance during your registration process.  It can only be purchased at that time.  Thank you for understanding.
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22. Can I push my child in a stroller on the course?
Strollers are not allowed on the course. See question #24.
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23. What is NOT allowed on the course?
Baby joggers, in-line skates, bicycles, unauthorized vehicles and unregistered runners are prohibited on the course. No pets or smoking on the course PLEASE! Any participant breaking one of these rules will be removed from the course, disqualified and will not receive finisher’s medal. These rules are mandated by our insurance policy and board of directors and are for your safety and the safety of the hundreds of other runners on the course.
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24. Is there a "Bag Check" available?
No. There will not be a bag check for the Region’s Superhero 5K.
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25. What if I lose something at the race?
Lost and Found for the 5K only will be at the Boutwell Auditorium. You can check after the race or you can call Boutwell Auditorium at 205-254-2820. Items that are discarded along the race route will NOT be returned to the Lost and Found. They will be donated to local charities.
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26. Why haven’t I received a confirmation email?
In most cases the culprit is your spam filter that blocks our emails. Please add [email protected] to your email address book.
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27. What does my registration fee go to?
Registration fees help cover the operating cost of the event including your shirt, medal, course amenities, timers, etc. Race proceeds benefit our official local charity,  The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs.  The families and children of The Bell Center thank you for participating. 

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28. What will the weather be like on race day? What if it is raining or snowing?
No predictions from us - just averages.
Normal High: 58
Normal Low: 35
Normal Average: 47
The race will take place if it is raining or snowing. The race will only be cancelled/delayed if weather conditions pose imminent danger to our participants. In 19 years, this has never happened! Check out www.wbrc.com/weather for race weekend weather info.
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29. What time should I arrive on race morning?
We recommend arriving no later than 7:00 a.m. This should give you plenty of time for parking, stretching and taking care of personal needs.
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30. Is there a time limit? Why?
The 5K time limit is 1 hour. This is to ensure the safety of our runners and the Birmingham Police will only close the roads for the course for a certain amount of time.
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31. Where will the water station, medical aid stations and portalets be located on the course?
Please see our course map located on our web site for all of these locations. There will be portalets at the water stop and medical will be available at the finish line. For emergencies on the course, police will be readily available at every intersection.
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32. Is chip time or gun time used to determine awards?
Chip time is used to determine age group awards. Overall awards will be awarded based on gun time so if you think you're fastest enough to win an overall award you should line up at the front of the pack. 
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33. What are the overall and age groups awards?
Overall awards will include the top 3 male/female and top male/female master runners. Age group awards are 3 deep in each age group and each gender as follows: 8 & Under, 9-11,12-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & Above. 

 

34. Will there be an awards ceremony?

Yes! The Regions Superhero 5K Awards Ceremony will take place at approximately 9:30 a.m. in Boutwell Auditorium. Awards will be announced and we prefer you to attend to pick up your award and celebrate with everyone.  If you can't stay for the awards, they'll be at the Homewood Trak Shak store begining post race Wednesday at 12 noon. They'll remain at the store for two weeks. And if you're not local, we'll ship for $12.  Email us at [email protected] for shipping instructions. 

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35. What are the best places to watch the race?

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 36. Can I use this event to raise money for my own charity?
Yes, as long as your charity is an official 501 C3 non-profit organization. Visit our Crowdrise.com fundraising page to set up your fundraising team. Your participants will need to register for the Regions Superhero 5K through our registration process and then they can get family and friends to make a donation to your team through Crowdrise.com.
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